Arab Political Demography: Population Growth, Labor Migration And Natalist Policies by Onn WincklerArab Political Demography: Population Growth, Labor Migration And Natalist Policies by Onn Winckler

Arab Political Demography: Population Growth, Labor Migration And Natalist Policies

byOnn Winckler

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The Arab Spring exposed the fundamental weakness of the non-oil Arab economies, namely, the imbalance between population growth and the labor market, resulting in the emergence of structural unemployment among young adults. By the early 2000s these economies faced impossible circumstances: in order to achieve substantial economic growth they had to reduce subsidies and increase privatization – economic policies that led to a deterioration of the living standards of the vast majority of the population. The Arab Spring created a new category in the region, that of “failed Arab state”, characterized by a fallen “old regime” without a competent new regime to replace it. Civil wars resulted, along lines of religious or ethnic division, as in Syria (‘Alawites against Sunnis), Iraq (Shi’is against Sunnis and Kurds against Arabs) and in Yemen (Shi‘is against Sunnis). Regional divisions accounted for the civil war in Libya. The other side of the “new Arab map” is the Arabian Gulf oil states which continue to function as before, both politically and socioeconomically.
Onn Winckler is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern History at the University of Haifa. He is the author of Demographic Developments and Population Policies in Ba’thist Syria, and co-editor of Modern Syria, as well as the author of a book on Jordanian demographic developments.
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Title:Arab Political Demography: Population Growth, Labor Migration And Natalist PoliciesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.68 inPublished:August 8, 2017Publisher:Sussex Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1845197607

ISBN - 13:9781845197605

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From a review of the second edition: “This volume makes a valuable contribution to the Arab population policy literature by tracing the evolution of population policies in the Arab countries and by describing the factors that led to changes in these policies.” Studies in Family Planning